Breaching Genre Rules

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Writing Musings

Breaching Genre Rules

Welcome to my first ever Writing Musings Post! I’m so excited that you’re reading my little blog. If anything catches your interest, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Writing across multiple genres is fun. Taking two or more genres and mashing them up is super fun. But completely disregarding genre rules and allowing the story to dictate its sequence is an absolute pleasure. One of my planned series starts off as a slow-burning Fantasy Romance. A few books in, two worlds collide and it turns into a fast-paced Thriller. Amid the chase, it soars into a Mystery, then glides effortlessly into an Adventure before returning to its natural genre…Epic Fantasy Romance! Does anyone want to guess how long this series is?

The idea of genre fusion is bold and beautiful but also nerve-wracking. It could easily go well as easy as it could go horribly wrong. The risk is in the execution—a necessary peril for those passionate about writing from the heart. Do it well and readers will wholeheartedly love it. Do it badly and readers will absolutely hate it. So, I have a phenomenal challenge on my hands.

Luckily, I self-publish my books. Although I’ve queried literary agents and traditional publishers in the past, it didn’t work out so I decided to focus my efforts in another direction. Self-publishing. It’s a market in its own right and I’m glad I decided to listen to my heart, took a leap of faith and pressed the publish button. A recent review for one of my books made me smile for days. I quote, “That’s why I love to read indie books. They write what they want to write about, and no big publishing house will tell them otherwise. This is where true talent shines.”

When I write, I write from the heart. I don’t write to a specific formula. I don’t write to market. I don’t worry if what I’m writing isn’t the norm. I embrace the fact that I’m different. Every author is different and so are the readers. I simply tell the story that’s bursting to be told the best way I can. There’s a huge sense of liberation—not having to worry about fitting into a predefined box. Instead, I have room to spread my wings and reach above the skies.

But with liberation comes accountability and responsibility. I must own up to my successes and failures. I can’t own up to one and not the other. I can’t hide behind a veil of ignorance and blame someone else when things don’t go to plan. I accept the good and the bad. Maybe one day writing from the heart will pay off. Maybe not. Regardless, the plan is to stay true to my voice and self, and hope others will enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them.

Happy reading!

Lorraine